Sony FX9 XDCAM digital cinema E-mount camera features an all new full-frame 6K Exmor R sensor with 15+ stops of dynamic range. It oversamples 6K sensor for 4K output with dual native 800/4000 ISOs, a user-friendly variable ND function, and Fast Hybrid Auto Focus.
Sony announced a new RX100 III Digital Camera Video Creator Bundle that’s available now for $100 Off! ($699.99 from B&H Photo)
SAN DIEGO — July 1, 2019 —Sony Electronics, Inc. today introduced a powerful new tool for vloggers and video creators with the launch of the RX100 III Video Creator Kit. Based around the award-winning compact camera, the Cyber-shot RX100 III, the Video Creator Kit provides an all-in-one kit for video creators.
The Kit features the RX1000 III, with a 180º tiltable LCD screen, 1” Exmor R sensor, BIONZ X processor and 24-70mm F1.8-2.8 ZEISS Lens. The bundle also includes an innovative remote grip that doubles as a mini tripod, a 64GB SD Memory Card and an extra NP-BX1 battery to keep you shooting longer. The RX100 III’s video creator kit has everything you need to take your content on the move.
“Empowering creators is critically important to Sony,” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president for Imaging Products and Solutions Americas at Sony Electronics. “We want to make it as easy as possible for them to realize their vision, to capture content in new and different ways.” Manowitz added, “An excellent all-in-one solution, the new Video Creator Kit is a convenient tool that will encourage many aspiring creators to go out and shoot.”
Fast, Sharp Lens
The DSC-RX100 III sports a fast, sharp F1.8-2.8 Carl Zeiss® Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 24-70mm zoom. With such a versatile range of perspectives between wide-angle and medium-telephoto, it’s perfect for all kinds of videography with beautifully defocused, high-bokeh backgrounds. A premium multi-layered T* coating also dramatically reduces ghost and flare caused by light reflection.
Full HD Video Recording
The DSC-RX100 III records HD movies in the XAVC Sformat and saves files as MP4, allowing for extensive record times. With 50Mbps Full HD (1920×1080) up to 60p high-quality video recording, XAVC S* enables beautiful video recording with minimal compression noise even in scenes with a lot of movement. The RX100 III also records in AVCHD and easily shareable MP4 HD video.
Versatile Shooting Grip
For the ultimate creative freedom, the RX100 III Video Creator Kit includes the VCT-SGR1 Shooting Grip, which allows control of capture and zoom functions directly from the grip and integrates with the RX100 III for ease of use and dynamic filming styles. The ergonomic design is comfortable for both left- and right-handed use, and the pop-out legs convert it into a mini-tripod.
With a fully-tiltable 3” (1,229K dots) Xtra Fine™ LCD Display it’s possible to check and monitor composition and settings during the entire shoot, thanks to the ability to flip the screen 180º to face the subject, perfect for selfie-style shooting of both still images and video. WhiteMagic™ technology dramatically increases on-screen visibility in bright daylight. The large display delivers brilliant-quality still images and movies while enabling easy focusing operation.
The pop-up EVF viewfinder features an OLED Tru-Finder with a ZEISS T* coating, designed to dramatically reduce reflections that can interfere with composing and viewing stills and videos.
Performance and Image Quality
The backside illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor, advanced BIONZ X processor and fast-F1.8-2.8 aperture lens combine to allow for incredible speed and low light versatility for stills as well as beautiful HD video.
The RX100 III features a large 1.0” Exmor R® CMOS image sensor. The back-illuminated technology doubles light sensitivity — a great help when shooting in dimly lit environments. Enjoy reduced noise in your videos and photos, even when capturing night landscapes or indoor scenes.
Full HD Video Capture
The RX100 III captures video in HD in the XAVC S format, allowing full HD recording at a data rate of 50 mbps with low compression, resulting in excellent video quality. The RX100 III can also capture 120fps at 720p, and a dual-video-recording capability allows the camera to record in XAVC S/AVCHD along with MP4 files.
The RX100 also features Intelligent Active Mode, which uses Sony’s frame rate analysis technology and 5-axis image stabilization to dramatically reduce the effects of camera shake when capturing video.
Connections and Sharing
Connect the RX100 III to an external monitor/recorder via HDMI® simultaneously for a bigger view of what you’re recording. The shooting info display can be turned off for an even cleaner view and to capture uncompressed video at much higher bitrates (depending on external recorder and settings). Frame rates include 24p, 60p and 60i.
Connectivity with smartphones for One-touch sharing/One-touch remote has been simplified with Wi-Fi®/NFC control. Easily and instantly transfer videos and photos to your smartphone for sharing with friends and family on social media. In addition, the camera can be controlled remotely using the free Imaging Edge app giving you greater creative freedom.
Pricing and Availability
The RX100 III Video Creator Kit will begin shipping in July 2019 for approximately $799.99. It will be sold at a variety of Sony’s authorized dealers throughout North America.
Simply download and install the Atomos 9 firmware and Shogun Inferno and Sumo19 will be able to record ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ using any of nine supported cinema cameras including the newly announced Sony FS5 II
Chuck Fadely of Newsshooter reviews the Sony PXW-Z90 4K HDR XDCAM ($2,799) including a breakdown of its hybrid phase-detection autofocus and other key features.
“The autofocus is quite good and will hold on subjects even when shooting through things in the foreground. You can touch the screen to pick your focus point and rack focus by touching different points on the screen. The hybrid phase-detection autofocus shows the focus point with little green boxes on the screen to show what its tracking. You can choose whether it autofocuses over most of the frame (WIDE) in a zone, in the center, or with a flexible spot focus. You can also choose how fast it focuses.”
Here’s their first test footage shot on PXW-Z90
Read the full review on Newsshooter.
Sony Announced Three New Camcorders Featuring 273-Point Phase-Detection AF and 4K HDR Recording at IBC 2017 Show in Amsterdam
Just as with this week’s RX10 IV Announcement, Sony is clearly placing emphasis on adding Phase-Detection Auto Focus for video.
- • Sony FDR-AX700 4K Camcorder (Pre-Order for $1,899.99)
•Â Sony HXR-NX80 Full HD XDCAM (Pre-Order for $2,299)
• Sony PXW-Z90 4K HDR XDCAM (Pre-Order for $2,799)
The new XDCAMÂ® PXW-Z90, NXCAMÂ® HXR-NX80 and Handycam® FDR-AX700, equipped with 1.0-type stacked Exmor RSTM image sensor, offer an optimal choice to a wide range of users from professionals to video enthusiasts.
Sony has today announced three new 4K HDRcamcorders: the XDCAM® PXW-Z90, the NXCAM Â®HXR-NX80 and the Handycam® FDR-AX700. Featuring Sony’s ground-breaking Fast Hybrid AF system, all three palm camcorders combine a fast and reliable autofocus (AF) function adapted for shooting with a 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor, delivering stunning image clarity alongside a range of versatile shooting features. The new camcorders all support an instant HDR (High Dynamic Range) workflow, enabling users to produce breath-taking HDR content with minimum post-production to suit a range of content creation scenarios and applications.
The Fast Hybrid AF system ensures highly accurate focusing and tracking during shooting, delivered by 273 phase-detection AF points that cover approximately 84% of the shooting area, high-density placement of autofocus points and a newly developed AF algorithm. This reduces the burden of focusing, especially when accurate focusing is required for shooting 4K[i] films. In movie recording mode, the appearance of phase-detection AF frames indicates the focused area and easily allows users to monitor a subject that is in focus. The new camcorders feature a high-resolution OLED viewfinder (0.39-type OLED, 2,359k dots) and advanced touch screen operation, on the 3.5-type large LCD screen (1,555k dots), to allow users to quickly switch focus from one subject to another, while the AF Drive Speed, Tracking Depth Range and Subject Switching Sensitivity can all be configured as required for different subjects and content styles.
The new camcorders support 4K HDR recording with HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), offering an instant HDR workflow. This enables users to reduce the post-production work and produce high-quality HDR content without grading, which usually requires a highly skilled technique and specialist knowledge. They also have the following key technology features to support versatile shooting, including;
- • 4K full-pixel readout without pixel binning, using an enhanced BIONZ X image processing engine
• Super Slow Motion[ii]recording up to 960fps[iii], which is industry leading among palm categories and Slow & Quick Motion[iv]Full HD recording up to 120fps[v]
• S-Log3/S-Gamut3 capabilities for users to create and work with images as they desire.
• 29mm[vi] (35EQ)wide-angle ZEISSÂ® Vario-Sonnar T* 12x optical zoom lens and 18x Clear Image Zoom[vii]
• Less image distortion (rolling shutter phenomenon), in comparison to conventional models when shooting subjects in motion
Workflow efficiency benefits such as Proxy recording, relay recording and simultaneous backup recording are also delivered thanks to the new camcorders™ dual memory card slots and multi-camera operation capabilities supported by TC (time code)/UB (user bit). The three new camcorders also have REMOTE terminals, Multi-Interface Shoe and HDMI Type A to ensure enhanced operability.
“We strongly believe in empowering customers to tell amazing stories, whether it’s a journalist out in the field covering a breaking news event, or a freelancer working under the tight deadline pressures of a one-day corporate shoot” explained James Leach, European Product Manager, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “Our new palm camcorders do exactly that. By minimizing the efforts required to focus on a subject in-frame and streamlining the post-production workflow, we.re helping users concentrate on what they do best: storytelling.”
In addition to the above key features as series, the XDCAM® PXW-Z90 and NXCAM® HXR-NX80 also feature dual XLR audio input, a detachable handle, and access to Content Browser Mobile – a supporting smartphone application to enable Wi-F® monitoring, Camcorder remote control and wireless timecode sync[viii] between multiple cameras.
The PXW-Z90 also includes several features to suit broadcast-specific requirements including XAVC®format recording, which provides high-quality images at 4:2:2 10 bit (HD) and 4:2:0 8 bit (QFHD) in addition to conventional broadcasting MPEG2HD9 format recording, 3G SDI connectivity for compatibility with existing broadcasting equipment, and networking functions to support news reporting, such as compatibility with XDCAMÂ® air, the Sony cloud-based ENG subscription service.
NXCAM® HXR-NX80 and Handycam® FDR-AX700 adopt XAVC S®[ix],an extended format of XAVC for consumer use which can record high-defined 4K2 films.
The XDCAM® PXW-Z90, NXCAM® HXR-NX80 will be available in December and Handycam® FDR-AX700 will be available in October. For more information on Sony visit www.pro.sony.eu, or visit stand 13.A10 at IBC 2017.
[i] 3840 x 2160 pixels
[ii] 4K recording is not available. Sound cannot be recorded. A class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required.
[iii]960fps in NTSC, 1000fps in PAL
[iv] Sound cannot be recorded. UHS-I (U3) SDHC/SDXC memory card is required
[v]120fps in NTSC, 100fps in PAL
[viii] Optional licences required
[ix] A Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC S format. UHS-I (U3) SDHC/SDXC card is required for 100Mbps